Henry Jamison Highlights One Dimensional Masculinity On New Single “Boys”
New Album Gloria Duplex Out Feb. 8 (Akira Records)
“The lilts and cadences of Henry’s voice alone feel like a deep embrace that can repair psychic scar tissue, and the music of it would be healing in itself, but then that’s just the vessel and there are warm rivers of words that carry you farther than you’d imagined you could go.“ – Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief)
“Henry Jamison’s ‘Gloria Duplex’ is a thing of great beauty. The lyrics navigate virtuosically between the quotidian (simple childhood memories, an approaching storm) to imagistic visions of the past, to a deeply introspective sense of what it means to be an American man right now.” – Nico Muhly
The new album, which was produced by Thomas Bartlett (Sufjan Stevens, The National), and features strings by Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers) and mixing by Patrick Dillet (Rhye, David Byrne), creates a lush and enveloping environment for the Burlington, VT musical bard to hold a magnifying glass to the topic of masculinity in 2018.
Today Jamison releases “Boys” the second single from ‘Gloria Duplex’ which finds him exploring the ways in which boys are indoctrinated into one-dimensional men. “The crux of this song is contained in the line ‘we used to feel our rage just like the sea, now we get it on an installment plan” he explains.
“I’m talking about myself and I’m talking about the repression that many men unknowingly experience today, that is both a cause and a result of an insatiable drive to prove ourselves. What could our vital forces yield if we weren’t taught to stem them off into needless power games almost from our first breath? I don’t know, but I’m willing to guess that it wouldn’t be the insane “race to the bottom” in which we’re now engaged.”
Elsewhere on the album, Jamison can be found sitting in a boardwalk bar drinking whiskey while pondering emotional repression, reflecting on the socio-economic divide of our culture while watching a group of chummy, Ivy League students ride a train out of NYC, and detailing overt expressions of masculinity lived out through a game of Grand Theft Auto.
Jamison has toured across the US and Europe alongside the likes of Caroline Rose, Darlingside, and Adrianne Lenker (of Big Thief) who described Henry’s music as “songs that sing me through mazes of my own sensuality and sadness, help me to feel less alone in the journey to understand myself more deeply and to face gaping wounds. The softness and vulnerability he allows himself to touch is inspiring”
Listen to First Track “Gloria” via The Fader:
Critically acclaimed by the likes of Billboard, American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, Vice Noisey and Consequence of Sound, while also notching over 70 million + streams on Spotify alone, Henry Jamison has positioned himself as the bearer to continue carrying the classic tradition of songwriting into the modern musical landscape.
Raised by a classical composer father and an English professor mother, Jamison was drawn to music and lyrics from his earliest days, and began recording his own homemade cassette tapes while he was still in elementary school. Going further back in Jamison’s lineage, you’ll find George Frederick Root, the most popular songwriter of the Civil War era and the author of the iconic “Battle Cry Of Freedom.” Keep going even further to 14th Century England and you’ll find poet John Gower, a favorite of Chaucer and King Richard II.
TRACK LIST FOR ‘GLORIA DUPLEX’:
3. “Ether Garden”
4. “True North”
5. “Florence Nightingale”
6. “Magic Lantern”
8. “Beauty Sleep”
9. “American Babes”
10. “In March”
11. “Reading Days”